University dons express fear on education quality as Post-UTME is scraped

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

Former Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem and acting Head of Department of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin, Dr (Mrs) Saudat Abdulbaki, on Saturday expressed doubt on the attainment of standard education in Nigeria, with the abolition of Post-UTME for higher institution applicants.

They said the removal of the test, which was also meant to ascertain the quality of prospective students for admission into the citadels of learning, was ill-timed.

The duo spoke in separate chat with VON Correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The erstwhile VC said the scrapping of the admission test would be a disservice to the nation’s quest for better education standard.

“Even with post-UTME, we are still not seeing the desired goal in education. So, I cannot imagine any reason why somebody would remove what seems to be a full scale screening to test students,” Abdulkareem said.

On her part, Dr (Mrs) Abdulbaki said the use of post-UTME had achieved the objective of fairness and equity while admitting students for varsity education.

“I take the information with mixed feelings. Although it has not been favouring some people who do very well in their JAMB examination and performed poorly in post-UTME. But at the same time, it has been helping universities to regulate admission intake. Because you realise that most of the time, the universities have applications more than they can contend with. They just have to design internal measure to objectively determine who is to be taken, and that is the purpose of post-UTME.

“I think the Universities would need to re-strategize, because it is not everybody that qualifies that will get admission into a particular university. And there must be internal measures to determine who gets in and who does not get in. And there should be fair to all. At least with post-UTME, we observed some measure of fairness and equity in the admission process”, she explained.

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